In fairness, I think I’ll need to include a list of all ten of the best point guards that I think ever played the game.
Of course, being that it’s my list, all of them have won at least one championship.
So get Steve Nash the fuck outta here as well as my favorite non-champion in any sport, Allen Iverson.
- Magic Johnson: (5 rings, 9 Finals, 1 team)19.5 ppg, 52% FG, 85% FT, 7.3 trb, 11. 2 ast, 1.9 st, .4blk, 3PFG 30.3%
- Oscar Robertson: (1 ring, 2 Finals, 2 teams) 25.7 ppg, 46% FG, 84% FT, 7.5 trb, 9.5 ast, st/blk/3PFG (n/a)
- Clyde Frazier: (2 rings, 3 Finals, 2 teams) 18.9 ppg, 49% FG, 79% FT, 5.9 trb, 6.1 ast, st/blk/3pFG (n/a)
- Isiah Thomas: (2 rings, 3 Finals, 1 team) 19.2 ppg, 45% FG, 76% FT, 3.6 trb, 9.3 ast, 1.9 st, .3 blk, 29% 3PFG
- Jason Kidd: (1 ring, 3 Finals, 4 teams) 12.6 ppg, 40% FG, 79% FT, 6.3 trb, 8.7 ast, 1.9 st, .3 blk, 34.5% 3PFG
- Tiny Archibald: (1 ring, 1 Finals, 4 teams) 18.8 ppg, 47% FG, 81% FT, 2.3 trb, 7.4 ast, st/blk/3PFG (n/a)
- Gary Payton: (1 ring, 3 Finals, 5 teams) 16.3 ppg, 47% FG, 75% FT, 3.9 trb, 6.7 ast, 1.8 st, .2 blk, 31.7% 3PFG
- Bob Cousy: (6 rings, 7 Finals, 2 teams) 18.4 ppg, 38% FG, 80% FT, 5.2 trb, 7.5 ast, st/blk/3PFG (n/a)
- Mo Cheeks: (1 ring, 3 Finals, 5 teams) 11.1 ppg, 52.3% FG, 79% FT, 2.8 trb, 6.7 ast, 2.1 st, .3 blk 3PFG (n/a)
- Tony Parker: (4 rings, 5 Finals, 1 team) 16.7 ppg, 50% FG, 75% FT, 2.9 trb, 5.9 ast, .1 blk, 32.7% 3PFG
Now Steph: (1 ring, 1 Finals, 1 team) 22.1 ppg, 48% FG, 90% FT, 4.3 trb, 6.9 ast, 1.8 st, .2blk, 44.4% 3PFG
For edification, the numbers in red are the top numbers.
Also, if a certain discipline wasn’t counted for a player’s entire career, like the era when they didn’t keep whole steal or block numbers or when there was no 3-pointer, I weighed it as a (n/a).
Last, getting bounced around is not a plus. That’s why Gary Payton and Mo Cheeks are not in red for having played for the most teams.
So what have we learned?
That these things are totally fucking subjective.
Betcha didn’t know Bob Cousy was that good tho, did you?
And before you ask, Tiny Archibald is here cause he’s the only player ever to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season, Mo Cheeks is here because at one point, he was the all-time steals leader and, as you can see, he still shot better from the floor than anybody else on the list and Oscar Robertson, if you didn’t know, once averaged a triple double for the whole season.
These gentlemen are simply the best.
And there are some names that should have been mentioned like Chauncey Billups, Gus Williams, Dennis Johnson, “White Chocolate” Jason Williams but I didn’t have time… or did I just do it right there earlier in the sentence?
The bottom line is this: if we’re gonna judge Steph Curry, we’re rushing into things a little prematurely.
I mean, even though I consider the bulk of what Charles Barkley says to be total horseshit, I do agree with him that an athlete’s prime is between the ages of 28-32 which means that Steph is just now entering his prime.
And yeah if Russell Westbrook – all you weirdos’ favorite man-crush – does ever win a Chip, I’ll give his numbers a look and think about including him.
The boy can play.
But in the meantime, these are the guys that have done it, and in the cases of Steph and Tony Parker, are still doing it.
Steph Curry’s an all-time leader among these dudes in FT and 3PFG percentages already.
And, he’s numbers 1,2,3,6, and 161 all-time in 3-pointers made in a single season.
His argument is already strong.
And for the next few years at least, it’s gonna get even stronger.